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Take care janine nipal part iii both martin luther

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Take care, Janine Nipal
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PART III Both Martin Luther and John Calvin possessed different ideologies that had split the interpretation of the Roman Catholic religion. Although the two held different opinions on certain issues pertaining to the Church, they shared a few similarities within each one’s principles. Yet since the two ultimately had their own ideas of the idealistic way of living a Catholic life, I see my views more in accordance with those of Martin Luther’s. Three very principal issues that come into correlation with what I believe holds true are the corruption within the members of the clergy, indulgences, and prayer. From these and several other factors, I feel as though Martin Luther’s preaching most closely relates to my opinion on religion. One of the first arguments I had addressed regarded the authority of the spiritual estate. Luther is a big advocate for the idea of original sin. This had basically been an inherited flaw given to us from our parents to their ancestors, finally leading up to Adam. Because of his decision to betray God’s request, which was to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge, consequences had resulted in eternal punishment for every generation to undergo (NIV, Genesis 3.20 ) . But since we are all ultimately derived from the same creator, we are all subject to Adam’s punishment. Knowing this, where do all these clerics have the right to establish such spiritual power to themselves? They do not, though people follow this idea regardless, since the topic is not typically discussed. Martin Luther’s perception of clerics in the Catholic Church had been an issue that had truly opened my eyes by making me take notice of this in a different point of view. In Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation , Luther creates three walls in representation of the barriers of what separates us from a genuinely Catholic Church. All three express how the pope does not have as much power as he claims he
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does. For example, popes claim that they are the sole interpreters of the Scripture, while their understanding may not be any better than anyone else’s (Luther 19). They do not derive any greater knowledge than regular people. Also, Martin Luther sees the pope as having little to no power over lay people and being impure for his lavishness. For instance, his sixth point in his 95 Theses states, “The pope himself cannot remit guilt, but only declare and confirm that it has been remitted by God; or, at most, he can remit it in cases reserved to his discretion. Except for these cases, the guilt remains untouched” (Janz 88). By this, he is claiming how the pope does not have the ability to actually remove a person of his sins but only with the consent of God. In addition, Luther does not find a need for a priest to dress in elegant attire, since a priest’s sole intention is to
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